SMU drops out of C-USA tournament; four players earn All-Conference honors
Published: Sunday, November 4, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 17:11
SMU’s women’s soccer team was eliminated from the C-USA tournament in the semifinals by No. 20 University of Central Florida (UCF) on Friday in a tough 2-0 loss in El Paso, Texas.
The Mustangs defeated Rice last Wednesday 3-1. The team relied on strong play from sophomores Shelby Redman, Rachael Larson and Rikki Clarke, who scored all three goals.
UCF pressured SMU for most of the first half, but could not get past the Mustangs’ solid defense.
In the closing minutes of play the Mustangs had an opportunity to tie the game off a header from Kenzie Scovill that just missed the left post.
Shortly after the missed opportunity the Mustangs defense broke down allowing UCF to break away and close the scoring at 2-0.
"We competed absolutely as hard as we could compete, and that's all you can ever as of your team," head coach Chris Petrucelli told SMU Athletics. "They were good. They worked hard, and they fought every minute of the game. I was actually really proud of the way our kids played."
The Mustangs have now been eliminated three times in the semifinals. In 2006, SMU lost 4-1 to Colorado College and twice by UCF. The first loss was a 2-0 loss in 2010.
Earlier this week Redman and Clarke, along with Mallory Baum and Courtney Smith, received All-Conference USA honors.
Clarke was named to second team All-Conference. She was fourth on the team in points and scoring all of her goals in conference play.
Smith earned third team All-C-USA honors for the second consecutive year.
Her league-leading nine assists made SMU a threat to score all season long. Smith is No. 18 in the nation in assists.
Redman was also named as a second team All-C-USA honoree after a breakout season where she led the team with 22 points. She also posted two game-winners in 2012 including a thrilling last-second 40-yard shot to beat TCU.
For the second straight season Baum earned first team All-C-USA. This season, she has tallied 10 points — one of which was a game winning penalty kick against UTEP on Sept. 28. Baum was also acknowledged for her schoolwork and community leadership by being named to the C-USA All-Academic first team.
This will be the last time the Mustangs play in the tournament as next year all SMU sports move to the Big East.